Austrian Studies (Master)

Students studying in the large reading room of the main library.

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The master’s programme in Austrian Studies - Cultures, Literatures, Languages equips students with advanced knowledge of Austrian history, literature, language and culture in a European context. Furthermore, students acquire the ability to reflect on the ideational creation of myths, historic constructions of identity, and political and journalistic discursivations of the “national”. They have basic knowledge of at least one central or Eastern European language and culture as well as practice-oriented basic skills for a position in cultural organisation.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 818

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination


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Data updated on: 28.12.2022

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The master’s programme in Austrian Studies - Cultures, Literatures, Languages consists of five compulsory modules on the following subject areas: Austrian literature and language, Austrian cultural history/Austria in Europe, domestic student placement (for at least 3 weeks, 120 hours per week, preparation and follow-up at an Austrian cultural institution, and an accompanying seminar), fields of practice and literatures of Central Europe. In addition, it comprises an alternative compulsory module in the form of a student placement abroad (same extent as the domestic placement) or optional subjects: Students can select courses (prior permission by the responsible academic body required) from related degree programmes, such as History, Romance Studies, Classical Philology (Latin), Comparative Literature, Theology, Musicology, History of Art and Architecture, Jewish Studies, Cultural Studies, Philosophy, as well as from the extension curricula Ästhetik (aesthetics), Islamische Geschichte und Religion (Islamic history and religion), and Psychoanalyse – Grundlagen (psychoanalysis – basics). To complete the programme, students have to complete the master’s module (master’s thesis and master’s examination).

Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • History
  • Language varieties
  • Interpretation of literature
  • Archival work
  • Edition philology

... and many more.

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates of the master’s programme are qualified to independently conduct research on this subject. Their competences prepare them for employment in academia and, in particular, at institutions operating in literature and culture and in the occupational field of international cultural work.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 2.4 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.8 (high)

→ These results are based on feedback from 14 graduates.

*Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the master's programme in Austrian Studies graduation survey (in German).

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).

3 years after graduation ...

  • 70% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,462 gross/month.
  • 27% of the graduates work in the education sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "German Philology".